The Journey Home tells the tale of Scott’s ill-fated Antarctic expedition, and its world première performance marks the tragedy’s centenary. Texts are by Jeremy Commons, Claire Beynon, Bill Manhire, Chris Orsman, and from the Book of Common Prayer. Jenny Wollerman is acknowledged for her exquisite tone and compelling performances; James Rodgers, from Wellington now in New York, returns after his highly-praised Sinfonia 2009 Haydn performance; and Robert Tucker returns from Scottish Opera success.
London-based Simon Over will conduct Stravinsky's Firebird Suite, drawn from the music for Diaghilev’s sensational ballet. Based on a Russian folktale, it recounts the battle between the magical Firebird and a demon. Tchaikovsky’s Capriccio Italien recalls sunny climes, Italian folk music and street songs.